Ian is the long-term head of Harneys Litigation and Restructuring practice group in Hong Kong. He is a leading offshore litigator, senior tactician and thought leader.
Ian is consistently ranked as a Tier 1 lawyer in Asia where he is described as being a"very seasoned adviser" and is singled out for his extensive expertise in shareholder disputes and insolvencies and for his work on complex insolvency and contentious trust matters. Chambers and Partners also highlights Ian's "experience acting on shareholder disputes, for which he has a leading reputation". He is recommended for his "established reputation in the region for handling a wide range of corporate disputes". Chambers and Partners also notes that clients appreciate his "practical advice and insight of the commercial realities" in a transaction.
Ian specialises in restructuring, insolvency, shareholders' disputes and contentious trusts. He is an experienced advocate and continues to appear in Court regularly. He has been involved in every major recent restructuring in the region involving offshore entities. Ian is also a specialist in cross-border and conflict of laws dilemmas. He regularly appears on behalf of elite families and is usually retained on a long-term basis for strategic global offshore litigation advice.
Ian lectures regularly to judicial, professional and academic bodies. He is the author of both of the leading offshore textbooks on British Virgin Islands Commercial Law and Bermuda Commercial Law and is a contributor to The Offshore Litigation Blog.
Ian is also a Fellow of INSOL International as well as a qualified Trusts and Estates Practitioner. He is regularly asked to provide expert opinion on offshore law to various Courts of Law.
Ian is also a member of the INSOL Technical Research Committee, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a member of Harneys Listco Dispute Unit.